It Starts in 6th Grade: Girls Get Punished by Peers For Having Sex, Boys Get Rewarded

The tiresome sexual double standard—celebrating escapades in men that are judged in women—pervades politics and pop culture, taking its toll on adults of both genders. According to a new study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), its impact may start as early as the middle… »8/27/15 4:10pm

Your Most Embarrassing Moment at a Middle or High School Dance

As a rule, middle and high school are the most embarrassing times of a person’s life and school dances are where we experience the worst of it. Not only are we expected to move our awkward growing bodies in a way that’s deemed acceptable and graceful by other humans, but we’re also risking awkward boners, romantic… »4/10/15 8:40pm

On Resisting the Urge to Cyberbully My Middle School Tormenter

One of my earliest memories is the face of my mother, looking lovingly but sternly into my eyes as she lightly rested her hands on my tiny shoulders. "Be nice, Erin," she said. "BE NICE." She's told me this hundreds of times during my life — and as I've gotten older it's become easier for me to resist the urge to say… »8/13/13 5:15pm

Fox News Says Middle School Anti-Bullying Class Is 'Lesbian Role Play'

When Bard College students recently held anti-bullying workshops at a middle school on topics like gender identity and consent, instructors split boys and girls into two groups to practice "saying no" in a comfortable setting. Cut to: Fox News claiming that the girls' class promoted "lesbian role play" while boys… »5/02/13 10:40am

School Completely Overreacts, Removes Teen for Dyeing Her Hair a Lovely Shade of Red

In the most foolheaded story of the year, a 15-year-old girl in Hurricane, UT is banned from school until she dyes her hair back to a "natural" color. Yes, this is something that is happening in the year 2013 because the robots won and the matrix is real. Honestly, if middle school girls can't dye their hair, we… »2/11/13 11:00am

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Teaches Teens that Sluts Are Like Dirty Glasses Full of Chewed Up Food

What goes on in abstinence-only sex ed classes besides a whole lot of not talking about contraception? Slut shaming! At least, that's what's happening in one Boulder, Colorado middle school, where parents are questioning the merits of a demonstration where students were asked to spit food in glasses of water and then… »4/18/12 9:00pm